George Allen said here yesterday he does not think he is being boycotted by National Football League clubs. But he said the owners may not have as much urge to win since television revenue insures profits.
Roy Jefferson, former Redskin wide receiver, was master of ceremonies at a news conference in the D.C. National Bank to announce a "Tribute Banquet" to the 1972 team, for the benefit of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, on June 1 at the Sheraton Park Hotel.
"The NFL may be a little afraid of George Allen," Jefferson said, referring to the coach being out of a job.
Is Allen being blackballed?
"I'd like to think that is not so," Allen said. "I think why I have no job is because there were so few open this year (four) and two were filled from within those organizations by Tom Flores at Oakland and Ron Erhardt at New England). There were 10 or 11 changes the year before.
"I'd like to think there is one owner in the league committed to excellence who feels I can give him a championship team and a Super Bowl. That's the kind of person I'd like to be associated with. I don't think you've heard the last of George Allen yet."
What about the assertion that the owners no longer have as much incentive to win?
"I think that's right. Nobody is losing money; everybody is making it, even if his team is in last place. You don't have to win to make money. Look at the (San Francisco) 49ers-they won two games.
"It used to be that you had to win to bring people to the stadium. To own a team and be a loser all of your career means nothing. To make a contribution to a city you have to win a championship.
"You still can't continue to lose and bring people to the stadium. You may make money (from television), but you won't get the support of the community."
The coach who left the Redskins bankrupt in the draft dared to joke about the procedure. "A lot of guys got together and pulled a lot of names out of a hat. A draft is all right if you bundle up and don't catch a cold."
Taking note of the presence of Larry Brown, Jerry Smith and Brig Owens as well as Jefferson from the Redskins' Super Bowl team, Allen said," I'm going to put together a team-"The Over The Hill Gang'-and barnstorm the country with it.
"You, too," he said to Bobby Mitchell, former wide receiver who now is executive assistant to club President Edward Bennett Williams.
Allen said to a reporter, "I want you to ask Williams how many tables he is going to take for the banquet (which Allen may be construing as a living monument to his coaching)."